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Travel and Tourism
Certificate of Specialization in Travel and Tourism is a 25-credit-hour program designed for students seeking entry-level positions in the travel and tourism industry.
Travel and Tourism is considered by many experts to be one of the world’s largest generators of wealth and jobs in the global economy, while consistently bringing people together in peace and understanding from all corners of the earth.
The Travel and Tourism program at St. Louis Community College - Forest Park, prepares students with the knowledge, technical skills and work habits required for a variety of entry-level positions in the travel and tourism industry, with career ladder advancement opportunities. Graduates are qualified for positions with travel agencies, tour companies, airlines, car rental firms, incentive travel companies, online travel companies, cruise lines and more.
The Travel and Tourism program was created to offer students rigorous entry-level training similar to that offered by proprietary travel schools and academies, only at a more affordable cost. It is designed to provide students with enough knowledge to start out in the field. Students can then elect to pursue an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Hospitality and Tourism, to expand their career options, since the certificate courses all transfer to the AAS degree program.
Travel and Tourism coursework covers a wide range of topics within the industry including travel industry segments, terms and definitions, codes and tourism geography, plus specific computer and online travel industry applications. It also includes general courses covering computer applications in business, negotiation skills and professionalism.
Persons interested in travel and tourism should possess the following qualities:
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills, an aptitude for memorization.
- Proficient computer navigation abilities and keyboarding competence.
- The ability to work with computer automation and other reference materials, while providing accurate information and assistance to the traveling public.
- Positive, friendly, customer-oriented attitude when functioning in an active work environment.